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Epiphany - The Poem

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Poet deVine
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0 posted 02-18-2000 05:58 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Poet deVine

One of the features of the main site I enjoy most is reading why a poet wrote a poem, what inspired the poem. I wanted to share my inspiration for this poem with you as I thought it was a unique happening.  I was looking up a word in the dictionary and came across this word:

Epiphany:A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization: ďI experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myselfĒ (Frank Maier).

I loved the way it sounded. It rolled off my tongue. And the quote by Frank Maier struck a cord in me. I would love an epiphany! And what would happen if someone had one? How would their life be affected? This train of thought developed into something a little unusual. A two part story that Iíve posted in the Prose Forum. But it also begged to be said in poetic form. So here, is the poetic story of a childís epiphany. If you are intrigued enough, please read the story (in two parts as itís quite long) in the Prose Forum.  I thank you in advance.



She came into my young life
When I had but a childís care
And when she left that summer day
Part of her remained with me there.

The years passed and I
Remembered her sometime
And now I want to introduce
Her here, within my rhyme

Her name was Epiphany
Within her was Godís glow
I met her only once you see
But her heart was easy to know

She traveled on foot from town to town
Never staying long in one place
Her clothes were worn and tattered
As was her weathered face.

An uncaring child I was then
Thoughtless and unkind
But one afternoon with Epiphany
Changed my heart and changed my mind

And now in my freedom
I vowed to spread this tale
To bring the world her story
In this I shall not fail

Love others as you would your own
Treat everyone with respect
Donít judge on color or creed
On this you must reflect

If you walk a mile in the shoes
Of another of Godís own
Would you then belittle them
For the seeds that they have sown?

Life is not just about
Money and superiority
Life is about believing in
Being someoneís epiphany


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Elizabeth
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1 posted 02-18-2000 06:07 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Very nice story and poem you have here! Enjoyed very much.

Elizabeth

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-The Crucible

Brent Hotchkin
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2 posted 02-18-2000 06:12 PM       View Profile for Brent Hotchkin   Email Brent Hotchkin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brent Hotchkin

Your last stanza is so so true . We all know the truth but it is rare that one of us lives it. I enjoyed your epiphany. Thanks for sharing.
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3 posted 02-18-2000 06:29 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

As soon as I thought I had some time
There in the background the dinner chime
Your poem so sweet and of importance it is
Deserves a better reply than this
Very nice poem Sharon, I'm inspired by the last stanze too

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

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4 posted 02-18-2000 06:38 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wonderful, wise and thoughtful poem.
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5 posted 02-18-2000 08:26 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

AMEN! This is wonderful, Sharon! Simply wonderful! When my computer is again up to speed I will check out your prose pieces!  

Denise
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6 posted 02-18-2000 08:37 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Poet deVine,
This could be a major poem, you are off to a good start. I really enjoyed the read.
Nan
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7 posted 02-18-2000 08:45 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Stepping outside of our own insular world to see through the eyes of another - is surely one of the most difficult tasks we could endeavor.... This is a wonderful reminder, PdV... I'll be off to Prose now..
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8 posted 02-18-2000 08:54 PM       View Profile for Wizzard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wizzard

WOW!!So Much said In one poem.
Leave`s me with alot to think about.
Now I`ll have to read the rest.
Thank you PoetdeVine for such a powerful,heart warming read


 Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
And the begining of a new one.

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9 posted 02-18-2000 09:10 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Well, PdV, you have done it again. Another work of art from someone who just oozes talent   I look foreward to reading more.
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Devine you've out done yourself! Most excellent and one heck of a message! You do us proud!

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One way you can save your riches,
And the other will save your soul.
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Thank you all for your kind words. As I said, if you'd like to, you can read the full story in Prose...but it's long..2 parts!
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12 posted 02-18-2000 11:30 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

I did love this so, wonderful poem, I shall read the prose also I'm sure it's as delightful.
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13 posted 02-19-2000 01:28 AM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

I have truly enjoyed this piece pdv...very much I have.

Thanks for a truly great read and a wonderful message.

Chris


 Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.
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14 posted 02-19-2000 02:15 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

PdV, I received the prose in my email and was moved beyond comprehension and the poem is beautiful. I too love the last stanza and highly recommend everyone to read the prose as well. Very well written (both pieces) and very thought provoking.

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

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15 posted 02-19-2000 03:20 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

A wonderful poem, PdV.  Especially the ending.  *sigh*  Maybe someday.


Michael
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poet yuh mite know it but i love yuh every words
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17 posted 02-19-2000 10:20 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

PDV: I logged on this morning to find the prose in my email... and it's incredible.... don't apologize for it being long when every word is a gem!  
I'd intended to send you an email, but being the addict I am   had to check poetry first. *S* And the poem is lovely, too!
The briefest of encounters may profoundly effect our lives... I don't think any of us will forget Epiphany or Carrie... Well done!

And WhtDove: Thank you for making sure I didn't miss these treasures!! *S*
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Sharon...I read your prose pieces first then saw this poem. All of these writings are wonderful and I am glad I read them. I hope everyone takes the oportunity to go to the prose forum to read your Epiphany.  
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Poet deVine, excellant message, I must find the prose. Thanks for shareing.

Parker
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I can only add my own "well written" to the other well-deserved comments here. You're good, deVine one.
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Wonderful poem, i'll definitly find the prose story and read that.  What a great way to choose a topic for a poem.  Inspiration from the dictionary, beautiful.  I'll have to try that.

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